Jen Pate & Elaine McKinnon
Love Your Greats Mission Leaders & Adventure Scientists
On August 20 2016, seven sailboats led the way across the Great Lakes region for the world's largest simultaneous sampling of microplastics in history: eXXpedition Great Lakes 2016. Two tall ships also sailed the waters of the United States and Canada with students aged 8-25 led by Toronto Brigantine & Inland Seas Education Association. With close to 100 people on board, these boats conducted surface trawling and water sampling for microplastics in all five Great Lakes, Lake St. Clair and the St. Lawrence River.
Meanwhile, more than 1,000 citizen scientists joined across the region to collect water samples for Adventure Scientists' Global Microplastics Initiative and to orchestrate shoreline cleanups for the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup and Alliance for the Great Lakes' Adopt-a-Beach Program.
We also want to hear from you! Are you passionate about the Great Lakes and waterways of North America? Share your stories by tagging @loveyourgreats or #loveyourgreats.
Together, we can make such an amazing difference in the face of global environmental issues such as plastic pollution. Join the community and show us how you Love Your Greats!
The inspiration for this massive one-day event was born out of eXXpedition, a crew of women taking on voyages to “make the unseen seen, from the toxics in our bodies to the toxics in our seas.” For more information on this awesome, all-women science venture, visit www.exxpedition.com.
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